Saturday, April 12, 2014

While I'm gone...

Hey you guys. If you head over to Hearts On Fire Reviews, until April 17th they are taking entries for a $20 gift certificate for Less Than Three Press. With the the discount they are giving this month to celebrate their five year anniversary, you can make out like a bandit. Oh, and I hope you enjoy a the post.

Thank you for stopping by and reading!

Friday, April 11, 2014

RainbowCon Jitters

Before I spew stuff about getting ready for my trip, tomorrow  sorry, Sunday April 13th, make sure you stop by Hearts On Fire Reviews for my RainbowCon + Stuff post. It's a fun post with a giveaway, plus Lucy asked if I would draw Dargon and the pregnant Alpha. I'm not sure I like the picture, it's sort of meh, but you be the judge and stop by Hearts On Fire Reviews and tell me what you think. The giveaway will run the weekend and most of next week.

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program...

I'm getting ready for Rainbow Con 2014. Whoohoo! In the middle of February I suddenly thought it would be an awesome idea to give away a Kindle Fire. I asked around and it was suggested that I use Rafflecopter which was brilliant because I could have people sign up right then with a couple of clicks on the iPad. I wouldn't be  responsible for destroying email addresses later or finding someone to pull a tag out a hat. 

Simple. Fair. 

I signed up and went to create the giveaway and it all flowed well until I went to change the beginning and ending time--and nothing. I have to upgrade to a monthly package of a little less than $10 a month. >.< Now, if I want to use the one they offer for free the giveaways, the start time is from 12:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. I wanted to have the giveaway conclude at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday night so I could hand the kindle over to the participant Friday night or early on Sunday morning. 

Or I can sign up for the annual membership and pay the monthly fee. The thing is, I don't have enough contests/giveaways to justify the expense. We may have to stay a bit longer than I had anticipated. And I'm okay with that because we can be flexible to a point. All else fails, I'll have to mail the Kindle to the participant.

On top of the whole Rafflecopter kerfuffle, I'm starting to become really nervous. This is my first convention as an author and I'm going a little stir crazy. I want to pack right NOW. I'm afraid I'm going to forget something, not bring enough clothes or something. What shoes do I want to bring? Ibuprofen. Tums. Band-aids. Safety pins. Should I bring sharpies for the book signing? Do I have something crafty to write when I sign a book? (Lordy, help me, no.)  Am I going to run of things to read on my e-reader? Do I want to wear jewelry? Do I remember how to put on makeup?

Oh, talking about makeup. I did a test run and the new eyeliner that I bought. Not only does it run like I have been crying, but I had an allergic reaction to it. The rim of my eyes have never hurt like that.

People, I wrote notes on 3x5 cards so if I my mind goes blank during a panel, I have a back up. Not kidding. ^_^

My Schedule:

Thursday, April 17th

2:00 p.m.

(Salon A) Roundtable Discussion: Plotters vs Pantsers - Do you plot or write by the seat of your pants? This informal discussion group discusses the bonuses, highs, and lows of both writing styles.
Cody Stanford, David Berger, Geoff Knight, Jeff Adams, Lexi Ander, HOST: S.L. Armstrong

3:00 p.m.

(Salon B) Cheers and Jeers: Best & Worst Books of 2013 - Our guest reviewers discuss their best and worst picks for 2013 while discussing what about those books made them great or forgetable.
Jackie McKenzie, Kassa, Lexi Ander, Lisa T., Scott Burkett, HOST: Susan Lee

4:45 - 5:15 p.m.

(Salons A, B, C) Author Question and Answer Sessions - Have a question you've been dying to ask your favorite author? Why'd that character act that way? What was your inspiration for this story? When's that sequel coming out, anyway? Now's your chance to find out the answers!

Salon C with:

Andrew Grey
Anel Viz
Jordan L. Hawk
Lexi Ander
Michael Rupured

Friday, April 18th

1:00 - 3:00

Author Readings & Signings - Listen to your favorite authors reading selections of their work, and then line up to get autographed copies of your favorite books!

I'll be in Salon C for book signing and my reading time is at 2:30

Monday, April 7, 2014

Less Than Three Turns Five Celebration!

This will be an awesome week!

Keep your eye on the Less Than Three (Click Here) site because the next several days they will have a free giveaway every hour. If you follow them on twitter, they are tweeting the announcement of which title each every hour. 

Edit: Also on our Tumblr:

and Facebook page:

Don't miss out!

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Made My Night

Today has been mostly a wash. Last night I could not sleep. I glanced at the clock at 4:30 am, knowing I had to be up at 8:00 to go to a hair appointment.

ZOMBIE all day. Husband had a guys night out, so instead of taking a nap, I spent time with him, laying down after he left and slept for four hours.

Still feel like a Zombie but I thought I would give the rest of the day a go. Checking my feeds from google, Facebook, and twitter before I tackled some writing and came across a link on twitter that I followed from Less Than Three. Oh, yeah, on a side note, Less Than Three is five years old this month and I donated Alpha Trine for the giveaway. I thought for a second that I had dropped the ball on my day, so I followed to link to make sure.

To my relief, and pleasure, this was not what I was thinking. Something totally different and I'm so glad I checked because Alpha Trine was on the list of favorites. Made My Night.

Scorching Book Reviews - - LGBT Event Day 5 : Megan Derr’s Top Ten MM Fantasy and MM Sci-Fi book lists (Incl. 5 eBook giveaway) Click here to go to the page because you can't miss the giveaway!

On a side note, beginning Monday, April 7th thru Thursday April 10th, Less Than Three will be marking titles down to $0.00. Those will only last an hour so make sure you look out for them. For more details see here.

Oh, and the hair? Crimson streaks for Rainbow Con. I hope they stay put until then.

Monday, March 31, 2014

Excerpt: Fate & Destinies

Just an short piece from my current WIP. It is sitting at about 71k. The goal is to have the first draft complete before I leave for RainbowCon on April 16th. I figure it has about 30k before it is finished.

This is unedited and I'm still fiddling with the archaic wording. I'm sure I have something somewhere wrong. It's inevitable because it's me. This wise chick will be speaking with a editor before this is submitted ANYWHERE. ^_^

Excerpt of Fate & Destinies
Copyright 2014 Lexi Ander

The noise of a hard rain could be heard from whence we sat. I tore my gaze from his tempting form and turned my attention to the labour of detangling my hair, once more. I was sharply ware of him settling in the chair behind me. When his rough hands ghosted across the back of my neck, I stilled. He gently pulled the damp hair and comb from my hands, asking without words for my consent. Giving in because I thirsted for his touch, I tilted my head back for him. He ran his palm over the crown, lightly touching along the edges of my temple afore his fingertips brushed the edge of the scar.

"I wouldst take this pain from you, if I could."

I opened my eyes to behold him leaning over my shoulder, gazing at me with soft amber eyes. "I do no' mind the marks anymore. I wouldst gladly suffer any torment if the path led me to you." The pounding of my own heart sounded loud in my ears, my cheeks growing warm under his steadfast gaze. I knew no' what I expected, the soft smile he bestowed upon me seemed at odds with the sorrow, deep and compelling, within his gaze.

"I wouldst wish no' for you to bare such merely to be with me. You esteem me overmuch, I no' be worthy of such devotion." Kissing the top of my head, Ewen settled back and ran the comb through my hair, working out the tangles. "Wouldst you confide in me, tell me how you came to know me?"

Looking back on the last confession we had afore leaving Renfrewshire, and the resulting cold shoulder, I hesitated to reveal that secret. Feeling guilty for I planned to momentarily evade his question, I pressed my lips against the palm that caressed the damaged cheek. Behind me came the sound of a strangled inhale. Turning on the stool until I could behold Ewen, his visage full of wonder and desire as he gazed at his hand. My mouth was of a sudden dry and I swallowed a few times to clear my throat.

"First tell me of Bear. I heard your kin speak of companions. Be this why you seek to woo me?"
Ewen's hands parted and gently combed, slowing in their care of my hair. "I almost changed once. There be still a chance Bear wilst come forward, yet I did no' believe he wouldst."

Whether Ewen was ware or not, Bear moved within him, at times speaking with me. Their combined aura was a map of pain and silent agony, a constant reminder of what Ewen and Bear endured on a daily basis that left me speechless. For Bear to be caged, able to look out but not able to emerge, and for Ewen to behold his brother's change, yet never be free himself, how tormented would that life be?

Being a seer could be a blessing or a curse. At times, what the visions revealed was obscure and confounding, the meaning only becoming known as the event occurred. Yet not once had the visions revealed the key to Ewen and Bear's conundrum. This did not mean there was no resolution, only that the goddess would not make unraveling their mystery easy.

He bade me to turn on the stool to face him. His dark amber eyes, Bear's eyes, gazed out with such longing. "Our beasts choose companions much like the human wouldst choose a husband or wife. At times both the human and the bear agree upon the same person, at other times no'."

I thought I understood. "You chose Caitriona as your wife, natheless Bear did no'. So he wants me as his companion?" My gaze slid away from him, a bitter laugh escaping afore I could call it back. "When you said that my purpose in your household were to be the beast's companion I thought you wanted me for a herdsman. I no' be good with animals and I… it does not matter what I thought." As I spoke, the meaning of those mumbled word came to light, threatening to crush me.

"Nay, Roi." Ewen's visage crumpled with sorrow, his skin blanched to a startling degree.

I forged on. "I am a seer of the Temple of Cerridwyn. Do you know how oft you stole into my dreams unbidden? Afore, in Renfrewshire, I were enamoured with merely being nigh you, awash in joy to simply stand next to the man I espied in my dreams every retched day of my miserable existence. The night whispered my death wouldst come by your hand, Ewen. That fate wouldst be more desirable than a life devoid of your affections. I wouldst accepted you and Bear, yet you did no' trust me with all that you when, not knowing I would take your secrets unto me and guard them with my very being."

"Roi," Ewen sounded desperate. I needed to say all before I thought better of it.

"Why did my Goddess allow me to be plagued every single night of my life with glimpses of you if there were never a chance you being mine? I do no' understand!" I shouted in consternation. "I have watched you grow from a boy to the man you be. I know your visage so well I could fashion your likeness in clay with my eyes closed. Over the past sennight, I oft wondered why fate spared me, handed over to the only one I had yearned for all my life, only to be dropped into a life of despair. As harsh as it may be, I would have rather spent a short and painful lifetime in the bowels of Somerled's dungeon than live a natural life within arm's reach of my heart's desire, yet not able to touch you. I deserved more than scraps of your affection. I had almost believed that be all I be worthy of, blinded by the stations we be born to, you a noble and me a commoner. Tell me now, Ewen, do you want me for yourself as much as for Bear?" The walls seemed to close in, causing me to labour to breathe yet I refused to move from the stool. Never would I turn away again, from Ewen for the issues that face him and me.

"Aye, Bear chose your for all that, but do you no' see? I wouldst you be mine as well. I have been trying to understand why I feel as if I know you. Since the first time I laid eyes on you, you were familiar to me. I knew no' why then, yet now I do. You have watched over me, evermore beside me, guarding me. I hold to all I have vowed to you these past days. When I look upon you I do no' see a commoner, I see the one I trust to hold my fate in the palms of his hands. Please stand steadfast at my side. I need you. I think I always have."

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Saturday, March 29, 2014

Striker: Sketch of Galactic Emperor Cyprian

Where Have I Been?

Time flies when I'm working my tush off.

I spent roughly 60 days editing various manuscripts.

I'm putting together everything for RainbowCon. Sort of freaking out a little because this will be the first time that I'm going as an author.

I've been working on the sketches for Striker and becoming frustrated with my drawing limitations. I won't tell how many I've quietly filed in the trash.

Now with RainbowCon looming I'm determined to have Fate and Destinies completed. I'll have an except in a couple of days for you.

But that is for later. Right now I have the progression of the drawing of the Emperor Cyrpian of the Fal'Amoric. I messed up on the eyes a bit because I was too focused on the iris being silvery white. I hope you enjoy it anyway.

Galactic Emperor Cyprian of the Fal'Amoric 

Thank you for reading!!

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Stories That Have Found Homes

I have some awesomenews. Sumeria's Sons found a home with Less Than Three Press! The contracts were signed earlier this week. I'm absolutely thrilled, you have no idea.

For the next several days, I will be reading through the four books to ensure there aren't any changes I want to make. My first response was, "Naw, I think everything is okay but I'll check anyway." *snort*

I hadn't went back over these in some time and it was evident that my writing had improved since Twin Flames was first released. I actually spent the weekend agonizing over the prologue. Before the book was published, there was some debate on whether to keep it. For those who didn't know, Twin Flames and Songs of the Earth was submitted as one story. The publisher split it in two and the prologue was created after the fact because the majority of the paranormal came in Songs of the Earth. I put clues in the prologue that would be revealed over the course of the series, plus for those who weren't familiar with the Epic of Gilgamesh, it served as a sort of crash course.

So what stuck with me the most, other than laying my head on my desk and crying the first time I received edits, (really, the manuscript was a hot mess when first subbed because I had no clue what I was doing), anyway, what stuck with me all this time was the debate over the prologue. Keep it or delete it? Maybe have it tucked at the end of Twin Flames? It was stilted and clunky and it probably scared off more than one reader. That and the was-ing but that's a different story.

As I read over Twin Flames, all that earlier angst surfaced and I took a good, hard look at the prologue. Was it essential? Did it add substance to the story? Would it better serve broken up over the course of the story? I talked through all the scenarios and the 'what if's' with my husband. Spoke to a few others who were familiar with the story to get their take on the prologue. 

In the end, I re-edited it with a heavy hand. I didn't add content, it simply said the same thing in a different way and the flow smoothed out... and then I edited the rest of Twin Flames. It was a compulsion every time I came across something that needed to be fixed.

Now I have three other books to read through and I hope--pray that the writing improves with each volume. ^_^

The best thing is they found a home. I can finish the series up and start plotting Sumeria's Magi and maybe Sumeria's Children. Yay!

Oh, and a quick side note about Ruby Red Booty Shorts and A Louisville Slugger... well, the second book in that series is complete and currently with a critique group. But for Ruby Red I'm considering expanding the story. 

I wrote it for a Christmas/Holiday submission call. It was rejected for that call but accepted under a normal submission. The call had a word count limit so there was some heavy cutting from the final draft to make the submission. 

Unfortunately, I cannot find the draft before I cut up the story. Some of it I can't even remember, which means to me it wasn't that great anyway. So I'm going to take a long look at it, see what I would like to fix about it. I know I should probably put some relationship building on the front, give Denise more page time so you get a better feel for her before book two. Smooth out the ending so that it's not so abrupt... You get the picture. It may be out of print for a little while so that I can fix it. 

Wish me luck!

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